Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Becoming Jane (Eyre)

A little while ago I read this post on Sugar City Journal and it really made me chuckle. I love the idea that some of us might want to "be more like Jane Eyre".

For large sections of society celebrities are our go-to guide, people we look to for fashion/life/style advice. I too have my moments of wanting to look like Alexa Chung and/or [insert edgy, yet chic celebrity crush here.] At other times perhaps we look to poets, authors, musicians.  Even characters from our favourite novels become our personality pin-ups. People we wish we could be more like.

In my early teens I must admit, I always wanted to be more like Catherine Earnshaw rather than Jane Eyre. Jane was just always a bit too sensible for me. I was already a bit too much like Jane Eyre! A little later some friends used to call me Lizzie Bennett. Probably mainly due to a very slight resemblance to Jennifer Ehle in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, coupled with a tendency to sarcastic wit. And of course Ophelia has always been my ultimate tragic heroine.

If I had to pick just one character however, the hands-down winner would have to be Dorothea Brooke. She for me is the ultimate mix of someone who lives by her principles, yet experiences the overwhelming strength of unconditional love. I love her!

However, it is true that no matter who we are or what we accomplish, as women we are always pestering ourselves. "Must do more, must try harder, must be more beautiful." Of course, there is always room for improvement, ways to become a nicer person and so forth, which is where I really appreciate the original blog post I mentioned. That idea of being motivated to study harder, learn a new language, be modest in our expectations. They certainly are excellent qualities that I should work on.

Image via Jezebel Charms
Buy the lovely Jane Eyre pendant from their Etsy shop.

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